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Report Charts Evolution and Militarization of Venezuela’s Drug Trade

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 22 MAR 2017

A new report details the evolution of Venezuela's drug trade, and offers some insights into the rise of the military's role in this illicit business.

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Venezuela's 'Narco Nephews' Case Hints at Govt Complicity in Drug Trade

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 21 NOV 2016

Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady have been found guilty of drug crimes in a US federal court, with several pieces of evidence presented during the trial pointing to complicity…

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Venezuela First Lady’s Brother Implicated in International Drug Deal

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 9 SEP 2016

The brother of Venezuela’s first lady reportedly set up an international cocaine trafficking deal that landed her nephews in US federal court, another indication that involvement in the drug trade…

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In Food-Starved Venezuela, Cartel of the Flour?

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 1 SEP 2016

Authorities in food-poor Venezuela arrested two individuals on suspicion of smuggling almost three tons of white powder, but it wasn't the usual seizure of illegal drugs. It was flour.

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What Does Colombia Peace Deal Mean for Cocaine Trade?

COCAINE / 25 AUG 2016

A peace agreement between Colombia's government and the country’s largest rebel army has been reached, and while the end of the five-decade old civil war has immense political and social…

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Witness Killings Deepen Mystery in Venezuela 'Narco Nephews' Case

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 29 JUL 2016

At least two witnesses in a politically-charged drug case involving relatives of Venezuela's president have reportedly been murdered, raising questions about whether the so-called "narco nephews" were part of a…

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Venezuela Trying to Block Extradition of 'Cartel Operative': Report

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 7 JUL 2016

Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro has reportedly asked his Colombian counterpart not to extradite to the United States an alleged Cartel of the Suns member, who may hold key information on the clandestine…

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Venezuela Pilot's Arrest May Hold Clues to Cartel of the Suns

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 15 JUN 2016

The recent arrest of a former army captain who allegedly piloted drug planes for Venezuela's Cartel of the Suns could be an indication that the shadowy network of military officials…

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Minister Denies Venezuela Has a Drug Problem at UN Assembly

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 22 APR 2016

Venezuela's foreign minister has stated in front of the United Nations that her country does not have an endemic drug trafficking problem despite overwhelming evidence the country has become a…

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Officials' Arrest Indicative of Split in Venezuela's 'Cartel of the Suns'?

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 17 FEB 2016

Two recent arrests of army officers highlight the prevalence of drug trafficking within Venezuela's security forces, and hint at a possible fragmentation within the shadowy Cartel of the Suns.

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Venezuela President Increases Personal Security Amid Economic Crisis

CARTEL DE LOS SOLES / 5 FEB 2016

Venezuela's embattled president is increasing his own security and that of his close associates, digging in as the country faces worsening levels of violence and economic uncertainty. …

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DEA Arrests Relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

ELITES AND CRIME / 12 NOV 2015

US officials have arrested two relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on drug trafficking charges, furthering speculation around the involvement of Venezuela's upper echelons of power in the drug trade.

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Series on Environmental Crime in the Amazon Generates Headlines

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